Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 02:00:31 -0500
From: <torbachnopsamnet>
Subject: Re: 9-3 Emergency brake problem? & sulphur problem - please help...

I have also had the problem of the strong sulphur smell. In my case (9-3 with 3000 miles), the smell has been there since day 1. It is really strong, and often comes into the car through the air conditioning vents when I stop at a light. I found that when I got into the car in the mornings, I smelled that wonderful new leather smell along with some not so pleasant H2S - that's how bad it was getting. I took the car in to the dealer, and got the same speech about some gasolines having a very high sulphur content. I tried several well known gasoline brand on the market (Amoco, Exxon, Shell, Mobil, Texaco) and still could not get the sulphur smell to go away. It would be ok if it was only outside the car that I smelled it, but inside... So I took the car in again after checking out all the different gasolines, and the dealer said there is nothing wrong with the car or the catalytic converter (my theory about the smell), and that this was normal in most cars. I have owned 7 different cars, and none of them have smelled of sulphur when I stopped, so I don't consider it 'normal'. So I called Saab USA, and they have started an 'investigation' - they said they will send the local Saab rep to sit in the car and smell :-). They were meant to get back to me within two days, but so far I have heard nothing, and it's been over a week. So in the mean time, I called every other Saab dealer in the area, and one of them recommended that I use 93 octane gas. I did this, and the smell went away. But now there is a knocking sound coming from the engine (I thought that the knocking comes from using an octane too low for the car?). Does anyone know if this is because of the higher octane? I am really not clued up on these things. Also, any other cure for the sulphur smell would be greatly appreciated. Other than all that, I love this car - test drove the new BMW 328i, it's more luxurious, but not nearly as fun to drive as the Saab. Feels a lot slower too - although on paper it's quicker than the 9-3. Regards, Tamir Marisa Bond wrote in message ... > >BTW... Other minor things I've had go wrong are: > >4) Sulphur smell after shutting off the car --dealer says this comes from >using gas with a high sulphur content and is related to the turbo. I use >Shell and Mobil gas, but haven't had time to investigate what kinds of gas >have lower sulphur. > >Other than these minor irritations, I LOVE the car! > >Marisa > >-- >Marisa Bond >Computer Systems Consultant >University of Michigan >Ann Arbor, MI

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